Having suffered back-to-back defeats against Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals will be keen to seal their play-offs berth when they face Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 47 of IPL 2020 at Dubai on Tuesday. Despite the two losses, Delhi are comfortably placed with 14 points from 11 matches. Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, dealt their chances a major blow by failing to chase down 127 against Kings XI Punjab. With eight points from 11 matches, their chances of progressing to the play-offs are wafer thin.
Punjab registered a come from behind victory to win their fourth win on trot and keep their playoff hopes alive. Jordan, Arshdeep gave away only 7 runs in the last three overs and also picked up three wickets apiece as Punjab beat Hyderabad by a slender 12 runs.
On a high having registered a hat-trick of victories, Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their tremendous fight back as they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai in match number 43 of IPL 2020 on Sunday. While Punjab stunned tournament favourites Delhi Capitals in their previous encounter, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to stay alive with an emphatic eight-wicket triumph over Rajasthan Royals in their last match. With eight points from 10 games, both KXIP and SRH face a must-win scenario from hereon to guarantee themselves at place in the play-offs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a crucial win to keep themselves in the hunt for playoffs as they chased down 154 comfortably against the Rajasthan Royals, whose chances are looking bleak now. Pandey 83*(47) and Shankar 52*(51) were the chief architects in the chase as apart from Archer, none of the RR bowlers were penetrating enough.
Having handed Chennai Super Kings a seven-wicket defeat, Rajasthan Royals would be hoping for a late revival in IPL 2020. They will take on under-performing Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 40 of IPL 2020 at Dubai on Thursday. SRH go into the game having suffered a Super Over defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders, thanks to a stupendous bowling effort by Lockie Ferguson. Despite experiencing contrasting fortunes in their last encounter, both Rajasthan and Hyderabad are aware that their chances of play-off qualifications remain slim. While RR are at sixth position with eight points, SRH are seventh with six points.
Despite the change in leadership, there was not much improvement in Kolkata Knight Riders’ performance as they went down to Mumbai Indians by eight wickets in their previous encounter. Of course, it will be unfair to expect miracles from Eoin Morgan as he took over the reins from Dinesh Karthik the day KKR were to face Mumbai. Sunrisers Hyderabad too would be worried after two losses in a row. They just haven’t been able to find the desired consistency this season, owing to some form issues combined with injury problems.
Chennai Super Kings finally batted first and that changed their fortunes as they registered a fine win against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Watson and Rayudu hit impressive forties and Bravo, Thakur closed out the game with the ball as CSK defeated SRH by 20 runs.
Languishing towards the bottom of the points table, at number seven to be precise, Chennai Super Kings are fast running out of time to revive their IPL 2020 campaign. Set to face Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai on Tuesday, CSK only have two wins to their name in seven games and are in severe danger of not making it to the play-offs for the first time. The only time they did not make the play-offs were when they were suspended from the tournament.
Rajasthan Royals finally ended their losing streak as they came from behind to win a thriller against Sunrisers Hyderabad. 85 runs came off the last 49 balls as Riyan Parag’s 42*(26) and Rahul Tewatia’s 45*(28) sealed the deal for RR.